For years, the website Daily Stormer has promoted hatred against Jews, black people, LGBT people, and other minorities, making it one of the Internet’s most infamous destinations. But on Sunday, editor Andrew Anglin outdid himself by publishing a vulgar, slut-shaming article about Heather Heyer, a woman who was killed when someone rammed a car into a crowd of anti-racism protestors in Charlottesville.
The article prompted a response from the site’s domain registrar, GoDaddy. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy wrote in a tweet late Sunday night.
On Monday, the Daily Stormer switched its registration to Google’s domain service. Within hours, Google announced a cancellation of its own. “We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” the company wrote in an statement emailed to Ars.
No company should do business with nazis and white supremacists – ever. Still waiting on the darling of the podcasting industry, SquareSpace, to stop doing business with nazis. We can’t remove these sites – and its creators and their philosophy – from existence, but at least we can make life as difficult as possible for them.
And, since far too many people in the west do not understand free speech – kicking nazis out of your (virtual) store or house is free speech.